Now you can em­bed a SIM on your mo­bile

Lets you keep same SIM even if num­ber changes Do­mes­tic air traf­fic soars 26% in April, IndiGo leads

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MO­BILE phone users will not have to change their SIM card ev­ery time they change their num­ber or switch to an­other ser­vice provider as the gov­ern­ment has al­lowed em­bed­ded SIMs (eSIMs) to be in­stalled in hand­set de­vices.

When­ever a cus­tomer buys a new con­nec­tion or changes the tele­com op­er­a­tor or wants to buy stand­alone ser­vice from an op­er­a­tor such as data or calling, the de­tails can be up­dated in the eSIM, ac­cord­ing to guide­lines is­sued by the Depart­ment of Tele­com (DoT).

This will fa­cil­i­tate mo­bile num­ber porta­bil­ity on eSIM and avoid lock­ing of de­vice by a tele­com op­er­a­tor.

“To cater the needs of mod­ern tech­no­log­i­cal de­vel­op­ments in Ma­chine-to-Ma­chine (M2M) or In­ter­net of Things (IoT), it has been de­cided to per­mit the use of Embed­dedSub­scriber Iden­tity Mod­ule (eSIM) with both sin­gle and mul­ti­ple pro­file con­fig­u­ra­tions with over-the-air subscription up­date fa­cil­ity, as the case may be, as per pre­vail­ing global spec­i­fi­ca­tions and stan­dards,” DoT stated.

An eSIM is nec­es­sary for a user who wants to use a com­mon phone num­ber on two gad­gets such as a smart­phone and a smart­watch. The eSIM is cru­cial to make or re­ceive calls on one de­vice ir­re­spec­tive of the sta­tus of the other.

The guide­lines come in the wake of ri­vals Reliance Jio and Bharti Air­tel start­ing the sale of Ap­ple Watch Se­ries 3, which has eSIM ser­vice, on May 11. The eSIM is paired with the iPhone SIM wire­lessly through a ded­i­cated net­work node. It al­lows users to use the ser­vice pro­vided on their mo­bile phone by Jio or Air­tel on their smart­watch as well.

The DoT has di­rected tele­com op­er­a­tors fa­cil­i­tat­ing ser­vice on eSIM that it is their re­spon­si­bil­ity to meet law­ful in­ter­cep­tion and mon­i­tor­ing re­quire­ment as well as en­sure that man­u­fac­turer of the de­vice does not tam­per with eSIM.

Along with guide­lines for eSIM, the DoT is­sued in­struc­tions for SIMs that will be used for ma­chine-toma­chine com­mu­ni­ca­tions like alert sent from car to mo­bile over low fuel, faulty parts, car theft, re­mote sur­veil­lance of premises, smart­meters etc. The depart­ment ear­lier is­sued direc­tion that all SIMs for M2M com­mu­ni­ca­tions will come with a 13-digit num­ber. Since the num­ber of SIMs re­quired for M2M com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be huge, the DoT has en­hanced num­ber of con­nec­tions per user to 18 which in­cludes 9 SIMs that can be used for nor­mal mo­bile phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions or for use in de­vices which has slot for them. The other nine SIMs can be pur­chased

Move is in line with the prac­tice fol­lowed in ad­vanced coun­tries such as the US and Europe

for M2M com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­lines, in cases where M2M are re­quired to be pre­in­stalled in de­vices, it will be the de­vice mak­ers’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to com­plete sub­scriber ver­i­fi­ca­tion.

How­ever, it will be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the per­son or the end user to up­date sub­scriber de­tails if he or she trans­fers the de­vice to an­other user.

A few days ago, Jio and Bharti Air­tel got into a tiff over eSIMser­vices of­fered on Ap­ple watches. IN­DIAN car­ri­ers flew 11.51 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in April driven by the tourist sea­son, a 26 per cent rise over the year-ago pe­riod.

Bud­get air­line IndiGo lead the pack by fly­ing four out of ev­ery 10 pas­sen­gers, ac­cord­ing to Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) data re­leased on Thurs­day.

Gu­ru­gram-based IndiGo re­mained the mar­ket leader as it flew 4.58 mil­lion pas­sen­gers dur­ing the month.

Ri­val SpiceJet con­tin­ued to see the high­est seat oc­cu­pancy across its air­craft mar­ket at 95.5 per cent. The pas­sen­ger load fac­tor in April has shown in­creas­ing trend com­pared to the pre­vi­ous month pri­mar­ily due to be­gin­ning of tourist sea­son, the DGCA said.

Be­sides fly­ing the max­i­mum num­ber of pas­sen­gers, IndiGo also recorded the high­est on time per­for­mance (OTP) with 86.6 per cent

IndiGo grabs 40% mar­ket share

of its flights ar­riv­ing and de­part­ing as per sched­ule from four metro air­ports, Mum­bai, Delhi, Hy­der­abad and Bengaluru. It was fol­lowed by SpiceJet and GoAir (86.1 per cent each), Jet Air­ways along with its sub­sidiary JetLite (82.9 per cent) and Vis­tara (78.4 per cent).

This was Jet Air­ways best OTP in sev­eral months as it was hov­er­ing in the range of 50-60 per cent only. Dis­in­vest­ment-bound Air In­dia recorded the low­est OTP from the four air­ports with nearly a quar­ter of its flights fail­ing to de­part or ar­rive on the sched­uled time from the four air­ports.

PICTURE FOR REP­RE­SEN­TA­TION

An em­bed­ded SIM will al­low users to up­date a change in ser­vice provider or phone num­ber with­out chang­ing their SIM eSIMs are al­ready in use by those who use a com­mon phone num­ber on two gad­gets such as a smart­phone and a smart­watch. It will be the end...

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